Suns rally in 8th, snap 8-game skid

September 02, 2011

HAGERSTOWN — The Hagerstown Suns scored four runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to rally for a 6-5 victory over the Lakewood BlueClaws and snap an eight-game losing streak Friday night at Municipal Stadium.

Trailing 5-2, Michael Taylor sparked the Hagerstown outburst with a one-out double off Hector Neris, who had combined with Lendy Castillo to retire the previous 11 Suns batters in order.

Blake Kelso followed with a single to center that scored Taylor and chased Neris from the game.

Jay Johnson came on relief and walked Adrian Sanchez, then surrendered a two-run single to David Freitas which tied the score at 5. Freitas also moved up to second on a throwing error on the play.

Freitas took third on Kevin Keyes’ ground out and scored the go-ahead run when Adrian Nieto reached on a throwing error by Johnson.

Ben Graham closed out the victory in the ninth, earning his eighth save.

Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Joe Blanton got the start for Lakewood on a rehab assignment and retired the Suns in order in the first.

The Suns took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the second against Castillo, who took over for Blanton to start the frame. Kevin Keyes drew a one-out walk and Adrian Nieto followed with a two-run homer to right.

The BlueClaws rallied for five runs in the fourth against Hagerstown starter Robbie Ray to take a 5-2 lead. With the bases loaded and no outs, Zach Collier hit an RBI single, Cameron Rupp ripped a three-run double and, after the bases got reloaded, Bill Rice hit a sacrifice fly for the first out and fifth run.

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